Finally able to get something of a scrimmage wrapup on the blog after forgetting my power cord earlier and having to scramble to get my deadline stuff done — indicating that I may also be hitting the training camp wall.
Here’s the story I wrote for the paper. And as I mention in the story, take out Jake Locker’s running, two of the team’s top three receivers and maybe it’s best offensive lineman, and it’s understandable if the offense didn’t look at 100 percent efficiency all day.
But I didn’t see a ton to really be concerned about with the front-line guys. The offense looked pretty good when Chris Polk was running the ball (he had consecutive carries of 15 and 12 yards on one series and didn’t play in the second half), and Devin Aguilar catching it. They just weren’t out there all that much as the Huskies are being as careful as they can with their main players. Those guys need enough work to get sharp, but also need to be 100 percent (or as close to it as possible) two weeks from now.
And it was a far from unproductive day for the offense overall. The QBs were a combined 26-39 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. And the backs were 32-216 yards rushing. But there were also eight sacks — though who knows how many of those Locker or the other QBs get away from if there’s live rushing? Such is the nature of trying to figure out a scrimmage.
Mostly, the Huskies got some solid work for everyone and emerged from it with no new injuries while the coaches got a lot of valuable film to study.
There wasn’t much really earthshattering in terms of the lineups. With Kelemete out, the OL saw some shuffling, and most interesting was Erik Kohler getting two series with the ones at left tackle, including the drive in which it scored (the No. 1 offense had five possessions against the No. 1 defense, being stopped three times, driving for a field goal once, and a TD once).
Defensively, Everrette Thompson got a couple series at defensive end and said afterward that he thinks he should be ready to go against BYU. The optimism that Thompson and Kalani Aldrich will be back is allowing Cameron Elisara to play mostly at tackle right now, and strengthen the entire line.
I touched on the backup QB job in the story. It looks like Keith Price may have a slight lead at the moment, but UW coach Steve Sarkisian won’t say right now, and says he might never say. Certainly, nothing set in stone yet.
What might have been the most interesting quote afterward came from defensive coordinator Nick Holt, talking about the team’s freshmen. As he noted, it wasn’t a great day for a lot of the freshmen — notably, Sean Parker missed a tackle he’d probably normally make that turned a third down stop into a first down and Greg Ducre had two pass interference penalties.
Holt said the Huskies need the guys competing for backup spots to be more tenacious and that he thinks some of the freshmen are hitting that point in camp where they are struggling with the adjustment to college football.
“I’d like to see our twos be more tenacious, like our ones,” he said. ” And I think they can be. I think we have some good backups. I don’t know if they are happy being a backup or if they are struggling mentally, but I’m not happy yet. Hopefully we can clear this thing up and get better before BYU. I feel good about some of the guys, but not all the defense. I want to feel good about all those guys. We have some good players in the depth, but they are young. They have to keep getting better and quit feeling sorry for themselves. A lot of these young guys are feeling sorry for themselves, and that the coaches are coaching them so hard. We’re on their butts. I lot of them have never had this type stuff, they’ve always been stars. Now, for the first time they are realizing that they aren’t stars and they are getting coached up and they need to grow up. It’s typical, I think. It’s just going through the learning curve. Two weeks..they are tired…they are tired of getting coached and getting yelled at and things like that, and rightfully so. But they are just going through the process.”
IN OTHER NOTES. …
— I posted most of the major stats in an entry down below so I won’t repeat those here. As noted, there were eight sacks, three by Cooper Pelluer. who continues to have a solid camp. But again, these are touching-the-QB sacks, so it’ll be a little different doing it in a real game. Also getting sacks were Semisi Tokolahi, Talia Crichton, Nate Williams, Pete Galbraith and Andrew Hudson.
— The predominant starting OL had Drew Schaefer at LT, Ryan Tolar at LG, Greg Christine at center, Mykenna Ikehara at RG and Cody Habben at RT. However, there was some mixing and matching. And Christine struggled on the series where Locker was sacked twice, and that had Kohler then moving to LT and Schaefer back to center, which was the other primary one OL.
— The usual two OL was, left to right, Kohler, Nick Wood, Schaefer (or Ikehara), Colin Porter and Daniel Kanczugowski. The five other true frosh essentially made up the No. 3 OL.
UPDATE — As some have noted, Porter was also in with the ones for one series. Kohler had two, including the series where the offense drove for the Locker-Bruns TD (Porter’s series was the one that ended in Folk’s field goal).
— The first DL for the No. 1 defense was Thompson and Crichton at ends and Elisara and Alameda Ta’amu at tackle.
— Thompson said later he was in for five plays, and it certainly wasn’t a whole lot more than that if it was. He said he doesn’t want to a percentage on where he is in his recovery but that he thinks he’s on track to contribute against BYU.
— The starting LBs were the same trio as all camp — Mason Foster, Cort Dennison and Victor Aiyewa. The starting CBs were Quinton Richardson and Desmond Trufant and the safeties were Williams and Nate Fellner or Will Shamburger.
— I had the Huskies with 13 penalties for 100 yards, which sounds bad, but does include a couple on special teams (and they usually did four kicks or so at once to practice with all units). And there were definitely more committed when the reserves were out there.
— As detailed in the stats, it was another good day for Cody Bruns, who led UW with five catches for 44 yards. He got some time with the ones with Kearse and Johnson out and also played with the twos, so he was on the field a lot. He put a scare into the crowd when he crumpled to the ground when run into from behind. But he quickly got up, stayed in, and caught a pass a play or two later.
— Kevin Smith had the special teams play of the day with a 90-yard KO return which will only increase his chances of getting some touches during the season, though Sarkisian has said adamantly that Chris Polk will be the first guy at that spot when the season begins.
— Walk-on WR William Chandler of Skyline got a lot of work with the second unit, and also a few snaps with the first, as it looks more and more like he could get on the field this season.
— There have been no official turnovers in either scrimmage. However, there was almost one — an interception of a pass by Chris Robinson that appeared to be tipped by Ducre. However, the play was nullified by a personal foul penalty.
— Attendance was estimated at 1,500.
— UW is off on Sunday, returning for one practice on Monday.
All for now.